Auto News for July 13 – Lennon’s Roller Goes Home

 

 Today, Rolls-Royce has announced that it will celebrate the 50th anniversary year of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by bringing the colorful Rolls-Royce Phantom V, famous for being owned by John Lennon, back home to London for the British public to see.

 Currently owned by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada, ‘The John Lennon Phantom V’ will travel from Canada to London to join ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition, at Bonhams on New Bond Street, an area visited regularly by Lennon in the late 1960s in this very car.

 When it comes to luxury auto sales globally, Mercedes has increased its lead over BMW, with Audi in third place according to new statistics. BMW saw its sales increase two percent in June, but demand for Mercedes cars, particularly the E-Class, rose 11 percent.

 A newspaper in Germany reported that the parent company of Mercedes, Daimler, may have sold more than a million diesel powered cars with illegal software allowing them to exceed emissions rules. It cited a search warrant issued by a court in Stuttgart. Daimler has not commented on the matter, according to Reuters, but said it is cooperating with authorities as part of an ongoing probe. Reportedly, some of those cars were sold here in the U.S. between 2008 and 2016.

 Technology publisher “Digital Trends” has named the Audi R8 V10 Plus has its Car of the Year calling it the “performance car that not only excels in every aspect, it balances them out perfectly.” The Mazda CX-5 was named Best SUV/CUV.

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